First time in Sardinia and had a great time thanks to one of the most helpful staff i've seen at a hotel in a long time. They managed everything for me from dinner reservations to car rentals to boat excursions to painstakingly providing directions when we were lost.
The hotel is also great. Spend the extra few dollars for a room with a sea view - it's totally worth waking up to it. Would definetly recommend this one.
Lovely resort in beautiful spot, very luxurious. Super accomodation, utterly deserves it's 5 stars. However food & drink hideously expensive, this is definitely not somewhere for anyone on a budget! Would love to return if we win the lottery! Activities also very expensive, must take bus to beach.
Traveller from Cambridge
At the northern boundary of the Costa Smeralda development, this Mediterranean-style resort is part of a whitewashed village …More
"Stunning hotel which exceeded our expectations. "
The accommodation was lovely and the infinity pool and areas around were stunning; in one word idyllic. We will certainly return to this beautiful hotel in the future. Peace and quiet in area of outstanding beauty. Excellent room service from cleaning staff and reception staff. I really want to keep it a secret.
"Competitively priced hotel in a beautiful setting"
Great first impressions. Attractive lobby. Efficient friendly check in and room transfer.
***Connecting to and staying connected to Wi-Fi was a constant problem even in the lobby ***
Also had problems at Tanit, Casablanca and the Airport so may be a general problem.
We booked the lead in room type - hill view, actually had a partial sea view so were happy!
Room was well presented but small and lacked storage. Requested more hangers which arrived quickly.
No complimentary fruit or drinks or water to welcome us, which is usually offered in a 5* hotel.
Bed was ok but had only one pillow each which were flat and hard, so asked for thicker softer pillows.
The price of 50 Euros each for guests on B&B was reasonable for a delicious 4 course Al a Carte meal which was professionally served. However, the best tables on the terrace are reserved for guests on half board. B&B guests get what's left, inside if its busy.
Breakfast is best early. No Egg Chef, only pre boiled eggs and scrambled eggs.
The Rolex Swan Cup Party, took place near the pool on 13/9/14.
Hotel guests were restricted to a buffet on the night at 70 Euros per head. The selection was disappointing. We were able to watch the event from the upper terrace.
The beach, decks, pools & grounds are lovely. All staff charming and helpful, particularly Donatto & Franco the Concierge who recommended Tanit, Poltu Quatu, - excellent, and arranged a full day boat trip which we thoroughly enjoyed.
"Lovely hotel, great location for all ages & needs"
We booked Hotel Vecchia Fonte after reading guests ratings, and then had serious worries that we had got it wrong this time. We worried that Palau was a small town but not a quaint old Sardinian town, by a car park, busy port with ferry boats, but all of our worries were unfounded. Palau is easy to get to from Olbia airport, the hotel very easy to find. The town is a fairly basic small town, but there is some interesting typical Sardinian architecture. Palau is a happy place - there are restaurants, cafes, pizzerias to suit all tastes and budgets - the standard of food excellent. Try a different place most nights, but then find the one that you like best and go back there - the staff will remember you and welcome you as friends. On our second night there was dancing in the square by the hotel and the local people, young and old, all joined in with obviously traditional Sardinian style 'Strictly' dancing. Even the children stayed out with their families until very late. The market is every night, next to the hotel, great for browsing after a delicious meal finished off with a yummy ice cream.The Sardinian people are lovey, warm and welcoming and can't do enough to help you. Most speak a little or a lot of English, but if not,don't worry, hand gestures work just as well!
The rooms were spotless and cleaned exceptionally well.
The lifeguard was attentive and ensured that the pool area was well looked after.
The reception staff were friendly and helpful - recommending and booking restaurants locally.
The first week of our stay was fully booked and the experience in the dining area suffered as the service was much poorer than the second half of our stay when the hotel was not fully booked.
At the time we stayed, this was a hotel for people looking for a good hotel without evening entertainment, families et .
We stayed for 7 nights and really enjoyed our time at hotel Petra Bianca. The staff were always helpful and friendly, the room was clean and tidy (with air con that neither froze you or failed to cool), and the swimming pool was large enough for a proper swim without being Olympian sized.
You need to take the hotel bus to the beach, but you get sun loungers and parasol as part of the package.
If you like seeing how the rich live, the harbour of Porta Cervo is worth a visit. However if you want to see a more down to earth part of Sardinia then Baia Sardinia is certainly worth a visit.
Pocket Guide: Costa Smeralda Costa Smeralda Hotels
Playground for the rich, the waters of the Emerald Coast sparkle like the precious jewel, matched only by the diamonds of those who flock here. In the 1960s, the Aga Khan discovered this idyllic 35-mile coastal strip of sandy beaches, studded with 80 bays and idyllic coves, and made it an exclusive private resort. Low-rise buildings blending harmoniously with the landscape and beautiful (free) beaches ensure the coast’s enduring popularity.
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